Rear Window Animated Movie Poster

Alan Levine’s post about watching cool flick’s with Jim Groom finally got me to get of the snide and finish this animated movie poster for the amazing Hitchcock classic Rear Window. I have an older post with animated GIFs from … Continue reading

Alan Levine’s post about watching cool flick’s with Jim Groom finally got me to get of the snide and finish this animated movie poster for the amazing Hitchcock classic Rear Window. I have an older post with animated GIFs from Rear Window, but all things GIF need to ratcheted up a notch every few weeks.

This poster is was created for the limited theatrical re-realease of the movie in 1999 after an extensive restoration. I am a little disappointed with myself as if I were to really make something truly awesome, it would have been modeled after the original theatrical poster, which showcases all the happenings in the many neighbors windows. *Note to self, amazing summer project might include creating a number of Hitchcock animated movie poster GIFs.

To make this poster, I used the James Stewart GIF from the previous post, as well as made a new one for Grace Kelly. The work on Grace Kelly’s GIF was a lot tougher as it required the erasing of the background on ten separate frames (not fun). Here’s what one of the frames looked like beforehand:

To create the animation, I used the animation timeline in Photoshop in which you basically turn on and off different layers per frame. This is also a bit tedious, but it allows you to create some interesting timing options. Each frame can be assigned its own amount of time, which is how the pauses work. Here’s a look at a few frames of the animation timeline:

And here’s a look at the layers:

Since Alan’s post refers to Blow-Up as well as Rear Window, looks like I still have more work to do.

Bad Guy Business Cards – David Lynch Edition

So what’s really surprised me recently is how my phone could suddenly be such a big part of my design process. I’ve used Photoshop and Illustrator for years, to touch up photos, create logos, set typography, etc. But in the … Continue reading

Frank Booth Business Card

So what’s really surprised me recently is how my phone could suddenly be such a big part of my design process. I’ve used Photoshop and Illustrator for years, to touch up photos, create logos, set typography, etc. But in the past few weeks I’ve been bouncing images back and forth between my mac and my phone just so I could use these amazing photo image adjustment tools that I don’t have on my computer. In particular I’ve been using Snapseed an iPhone app that maintains the original image’s resolution and allows for multiple passes with filters unlike apps like Instagram.

I created this Frank Book Business card based on the frame below from the film Blue Velvet.

After deleting the background, I converted the image to grayscale and applied a Halftone Pattern filter, which emulates old printing processes to emulate grays with lots of tiny black dots.

Next I imported this image into Illustrator and used one of my favorite techniques which is to convert bitmap images into vectors using the Livetrace tool. After that I did some additional vector work, type setting, and the placement of the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. To bring me to this point in the design:

Here is where I would have normally stopped and been fairly satisfied with the work. But lately I’ve been importing this work next to my phone and doing additional filter work to produce the final result above.

Right now it feels like a new process, that leads to some interesting rich results. I worry that I might lean too much on some canned computer filters to create a particular ‘look,’ but for now I’m sticking with it.

Below are the before and after phone edited versions of a business card for Sailor from the Lynch film Wild at Heart. And thanks to Paul Bond for the inspiration for the bad guys business card assignment.

Sailor Business Card

Karateka – Animated Floppy GIF

If there is one videogame I’m certain that I spent a few hundred hours playing, it’s definitely Karateka on the Commodore 64. Karateka a simple fighter game, which like most games of that time was really hard to complete, as … Continue reading

If there is one videogame I’m certain that I spent a few hundred hours playing, it’s definitely Karateka on the Commodore 64. Karateka a simple fighter game, which like most games of that time was really hard to complete, as there was no option to ‘save’ and pick up where you left off. The game gives quite an extensive narrative introduction, defining the role of your quest, including this text which rolled in the beginning with this music:

High atop a craggy cliff, guarded by an army of fierce warriors, stands the fortress of the evil warlord Akuma. Deep in the darkest dungeon of the castle, Akuma gloats over his lovely captive, the Princess Mariko.

You are one trained in the way of karate: a Karateka. Alone and unarmed, you must defeat Akuma and rescue the beautiful Mariko.

Put fear and self-concern behind you. Focus your will on your objective, accepting death as a possibility. This is the way of the Karateka.

This kind of narrative foundation was fairly unusual at the time of Dig Dug and Donkey Kong, and even more compelling to me was the minimalist aesthetic that went into Karateka.

The bottom half of the animated GIF shows Princess Mariko being locked up by Akuma. The color palette is restricted to black, white, gray, and the tan of Akuma’s costume. Also, the game was effectively ‘letter-boxed’ into a more cinematic wide-screen format.

So this is not exactly an remixed game cover, but it is in the spirit of that particular assignment. I wanted to give homage to the media of the day, the floppy disk, which allowed me to participate in my first bit of software piracy.

It was common to have dozens of boot-leg games copied to 5 1/4″ floppy disks. Back in the 80s you could rent videogames on floppy disk from video stores, and the only piece of copy protection was a little piece of aluminum foil sticker. It was a bit of craftsman’s work to remove and replace it without leaving behind a hint of your deviant copying behavior.

To create this particular animated GIF, I used this lovely scanned copy of the original C64 Karateka floppy. And to make the animation of the characters, I used an emulator of the C64 for Mac OS X called Power64 and then loaded up a Karateka ROM. The whole culture around rebuilding games from scratch and creating emulators is quite remarkable actually – there’s some real amazing geek efforts to preserve game history.

Once I loaded the game, I used Quicktime to do a screen capture of the intro and some game play. These movies were then opened in Photoshop to do work on the frame-by-frame animation in multiple layers. More to describe about that another time.

2/26/12 Part 2 Post By Chris

As you can tell from my previous posts I love creating work in using vector type art as my template, and this piece of work is no different. I call this one “Bart Joins The White Stripes” Bart Simpson of the animated television The Simpsons goes of on his own, and decides to join up with Meg and Jack White of the rock group The White Stripes. I wanted to create this work of art after watching an episode of The Simpsons in which The White Stripes make a brief yet memorable appearance on the the T.V show.

2/26/12 Blog Post By Chris

This is another one of my favorite pieces that I done for for class that came out really well. The idea being a vectorized work of art that is transformed from a regular photo. The image reminds me and other’s have pointed this out of the poster of Ernesto “El Che” Guevara. When I was creating this I did not even relies that I was making something that would resemble some one I read about and looked up to in history.

A purely unapologetic piece of DS106 branding

Cogdog’s DS106 propaganda post was taken to task by Stephen Downes for “over-branding” ds106. Is the DS106 to much hype? Not real enough? Adrift in a cult of personality? F****THAT #4LIFE. As Martha mentioned in her comment on Cogdog’s post, there’s nothing but love out there in ds106. No hating on someone for not being […]

Build for DS106

Cogdog’s DS106 propaganda post was taken to task by Stephen Downes for “over-branding” ds106. Is the DS106 to much hype? Not real enough? Adrift in a cult of personality?

F****THAT #4LIFE. As Martha mentioned in her comment on Cogdog’s post, there’s nothing but love out there in ds106. No hating on someone for not being cool enough, not hanging out and making enough art dammit! Every time you come back it’s, “oh my god, we missed you, so glad to see you again.” Like old friends, no apologies necessary.

And isn’t that what so much of the MOOC attitude is supposed to be about anyway? Build your network of learners, your community with people you care about, share interests with? On your own time and terms because when you truly commit and communicate, that’s when the real learning happens?

And if the ds106 learning celebration looks a little too raucous for your taste, that’s cool it just might not be for you.

P.S. – For the ds106ers out there this poster was based on this original piece of WWII propaganda. I used the clone stamp a bunch to remove the original text. And then worked with some new fonts from dafont and fontspace. What’s funny is that one of them seemed to be built for propaganda – American Purpose & Damion.

I Can Read Breaking Away

For the I Can Read Movies DS106 Design assignment, I created a cover for one of my all time favorite films, Breaking Away. If you haven’t seen the film it’s the story of four friends after high school that grew up in a college town, not feeling they were ever to go themselves. Their families […]

I Can Read Breaking Away

For the I Can Read Movies DS106 Design assignment, I created a cover for one of my all time favorite films, Breaking Away. If you haven’t seen the film it’s the story of four friends after high school that grew up in a college town, not feeling they were ever to go themselves. Their families all have some connection to the old Indiana limestone industry, usually as stone cutters, but the business has gone. So the local kids are derogatorily called “cutters” by the college kids and tension ensues. One of the cutters, Dave, finds escape through cycling and dreams of riding for the Italian team Cinzano. For most of the film he basically feigns an Italian accent and listens to opera – which makes for a great soundtrack actually.

This cover captures the moment when Dave drafts off a truck going down the highway. Hopefully the embed below works, as it’s my first time trying to embed from movieclips.com (lot’s of crappy unnecessary code in there).

The tractor trailer truck was a full size truck, but I wasn’t able to make it fit in the cover design. I like it a lot though and hope to find a way to use it at another time.

And this is the cyclist (possibly Lance?) and the book cover texture I can’t seem to find again. I didn’t want to use the cover templates others had done, and tried to make it from scratch to push myself to do something different in Photoshop. I could figure out how to do surface scratches, especially in dark areas revealing bits of white. I’ll have to work on that as I’m not 100% happy about it.

 

Bagman – Make It Work

In an effort to help turn our country around and celebrate the awesomeness of the Bagman. I submit for you Bagman – Make It Work. Thanks to Annie Belle’s poster for the inspiration on Brian Short’s assignment and his poster … Continue reading

Bagman Make it Work

In an effort to help turn our country around and celebrate the awesomeness of the Bagman. I submit for you Bagman – Make It Work. Thanks to Annie Belle’s poster for the inspiration on Brian Short’s assignment and his poster as well.

Bagman is in good company with this one. I have this FDR t-shirt which is actually a quote from one of his fireside chats, not a campaign slogan. It’s what I’d like to repeat to most politicians if I were to meet them. Actually I’d probably out of frustration, change it to, “make it work, dammit!”

This was made using a favorite technique of mine which involves using Illustrator’s LiveTrace tool to vectorize bitmapped images. I made a tutorial last summer on how to do this using Dr. Oblivion as the example.

For resources, I used one of Brian’s Bagmen, and a T-shirt image which I lightened to match the FDR t-shirt’s gray, as well as a little rubber stamping to remove the original logo.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Nurse Ratched and McMurphy

The Cuckoo would have come home to roost if things were just a little different at the mental institution. You can thank Usher’s “Twork it Out” for bringing this wayward couple together. It was touch and go for a long … Continue reading

From Me 2 You

The Cuckoo would have come home to roost if things were just a little different at the mental institution.

You can thank Usher’s “Twork it Out” for bringing this wayward couple together. It was touch and go for a long time, but we all knew that this is how the story should have really turned out.

You can also thank the lovely iPhone app PolyMagic, the font From Me 2 You, and this background of hearts for making this special Alt Valentine’s Day Card possible.

I love you DS106 so much!

Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere

I remember having a little garbage can full of these M.U.S.C.L.E Men back in the 1980s. They were about an inch tall and there were dozens of different characters, each with a lot of detail. I was becoming a little … Continue reading

I remember having a little garbage can full of these M.U.S.C.L.E Men back in the 1980s. They were about an inch tall and there were dozens of different characters, each with a lot of detail. I was becoming a little too old to ‘play’ with them, but I was a bit of a dork and liked to collect them at the time. Sadly they’ve all disappeared, but they were pretty cool.

The above M.U.S.C.L.E Men are Mr. VTR, Canon Baller, and Wounded Ashuraman which I found on a website that sells new and collectable toys. Each of these characters is now three bucks! Also below is a review of M.U.S.C.L.E Men created by a guy who looks at his old toys and gives them some context. The classic commercial that he includes is pretty great, as I love the mixing of old black and white footage with the flesh colored M.U.S.C.L.E Men. There’s a second commercial below as well.

Inspiration for this GIF is thanks to TUJournal’s pop culture GIF Assignment. It wouldn’t feel right to start a semester of ds106 without creating an animated GIF. And these GIFs were created in Photoshop using the puppet warp tool, which I’m madly in love with at this point to create animated GIFs. I will do a tutorial for this one, I promise!